COVINGTON, Tenn. (WDTN) – A plane that took off from the Wright Brothers Airport south of Dayton crashed in Tennessee Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it issued an alert notice about a missing Piper PA 28 at noon after air traffic controllers lost radar contact. The plane is registered to the Dayton Pilot’s Club, Inc.
A search to find the aircraft ended about seven miles north of Covington, Tennessee. The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty said Wednesday afternoon the plane was found in a rural, heavily wooded area in neighboring Lauderdale County.
The FAA says the plane’s destination was Covington Municipal Airport.
The pilot, Kent Wingate, of Xenia, was pulled from the wreckage. He is now listed in critical condition. Wingate is retired from the Air Force where he was an aeronautical engineer. He is also on staff at Sinclair Community College who sent us the following statement:
“Kent Wingate is the chair of the Aviation Technology department,” Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka said. “Sinclair officials have been in touch with Kent’s family to offer our support and the entire Sinclair community will keep Kent and the Wingate family in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
Our sister station, WMC Action News, reports that officials say the plane ran out of gas. The pilot was flying to Covington to attend a funeral.